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Answered By: Matt Whaley
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2023     Views: 5

If you have any questions about the Joyner Library poster printing service, please contact the Research and Instructional Services department of the Main Campus Library by email at or by calling (252)-328-6677.

Printing Guidelines

  • Only ECU Faculty, Staff, and Students may request posters.
  • We will review the poster to ensure it is for ECU Faculty, Staff, and Students.
  • Personal posters will not be printed.
  • The poster must be in one of the following formats: PDF (preferred), PowerPoint, or Adobe Illustrator
  • Online payment must be completed before the printing process starts. You will receive an email notifying you that payment is requested.
  • We are not responsible for editing or formatting posters.
  • The poster will be printed within two business days, unless there is a problem with the poster, the printer, or we experience an unusually high number of requests.
  • After the poster has been printed, you will receive an email notifying you to pick up the poster at Joyner Library Research Help Desk. If you do not receive an email within two business days, please contact the Research Help Desk at
  • We are not responsible for cutting posters with dimensions larger than 50 inches.
  • Posters not picked up within 2 weeks after printing will be discarded.
  • We reserve the right to refuse printing to anyone not meeting these guidelines or not printing for academic use.

Research Help Desk Map

Helpful Hints on Setting up Your Poster

  • We print on 42" wide media rolls. Either thewidth OR lenght of your poster may exceed 42", but not both dimensions.
  • A small margin (at least 0.5") on all sides of your poster is recommended. The printer cannot print to the edge of the paper so you need to leave room between the text/images and the perimeter of the poster.
  • When working with Graphs, we recommend creating the graphs in Excel, and copy them to the poster in Adobe or PowerPoint.
    • The graph must be saved as a picture file, then inserted into PowerPoint as a picture.
    • Copy graphs from the Prism Graph software, paste into Photoship, Microsoft Paint, or other image editing software, and save as a jpeg file. Use the Insert > Picture > From File... function of PowerPoint to insert the jpeg into the poster.
    • If the graph is in another PowerPoint application, right-click on the graph and save it as a picture file, then copy the picture file back into the poster.
  • When creating a poster slide using PowerPoint, the slide MUST be setup at the actual size that you will have printed. For example, if you are requesting a 36" x 48" poster, then the slide dimensions under the Page Setup options shoudl be 36" x 48" as well. If, however, either dimension of your poster will exceed 56", you'll need to cut both of your final dimensions in half and create your slide at that size. For example, if you will require a 42" x 72" poster, set up your PowerPoint slide to be 21" x 36" -- this will allow us to print it at 200% and achieve your desired size. This is necessary because of PowerPoint's size limit of 56" on the dimensions of a slide.

Changing PowerPoint Slide Size

Poster Pricing

$7 per linear foot regardless of paper type. Poster lengths will be rounded up to the nearest foot.

Poster Protector Tubes are now available for purchase through our form as well, for $5.

Paying for Your Poster

If you are paying for a poster, you must process your payment online using a credit card (ProCards included) by going to the ALS U-Store. Please do not attempt to pay for a poster before you've received confirmation that it has been approved and is ready to be purchased through U-Store.

  • All posters are now paid through online payment and payment must be received before posters are printed.
  • Inter-departmental transfer (IDT) is not accepted.
  • Department funded posters can be paid for with a university ProCard- held by an administrative staff member/budget officer in each department. All payments must be completed prior to service.
  • If your department is funding your poster, be sure to include the budget officer's ECU emaila ddress in the apprpriate field on the form. This will ensure he/she is notified when the poster has been printed.
  • Poster Pickups are on the 1st floor of Joyner Library, at the Research Help Desk, during our regular business hours.

PowerPoint Templates

Adobe InDesign Template


Requesting a Poster

If you have read the guidelines above, you may submit a poster printing request using this form.


Poster printing is also available through the Laupus Health Sciences Library.

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